First Peter is written to a group of people in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) who are living as strangers and exiles within their cultural context. They are described as the new family of God who become the dwelling place of God. As such, their lives are to be marked by holiness that is visible to the world around them and demonstrated in very practical ways. As Christians, we too find ourselves challenged to live out our faith in a context that is more and more challenging. In this OneBook: Daily-Weekly study, Ruth Anne Reese helps readers understand and respond to 1 Peter’s call to live as the new family of God within the context of a challenging world. This eight-week study will encourage participants to think about what it means to be the church and to take up practices that demonstrate the love of God in community.
Ruth Anne Reese (PhD) teaches New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Her published work has focused on 1 and 2 Peter and Jude. She takes great joy in teaching students to learn to read Scripture well, and through such reading come into deeper relationship with God that is expressed in practical demonstration of love and care for others. Ruth Anne and her husband, Alfred, have a son and live in Lexington, Kentucky.